Everyone loves a great story. A story is even better when someone with spunk, humor, and heart tells it. Writing Your Life’s own Cheryl Floyd has been selected to participate in this year’s Florida Storytelling Festival held in Mount Dora, April 12-15, 2018. You won’t want to miss Cheryl’s Fringe debut on Friday, April 13th at 9:00 p.m. as she presents What’s Love Got to Do with It.

“Cheryl’s program is a humorous and poignant look at love and loss in her own life experiences. While best known for her humorous Cajun tales and southern joy, in this Fringe Production, Cheryl takes a bit of a twist and brings her listeners on a deeper journey through life with raw emotion and authentic voice. As Cheryl puts it, ‘Mon Cher, my dear, dat’s what life is all about. You got to have it all in de gumbo for de flavor to be just right. C’est bon, it’s good.’” (“Fringe Presenters,” Florida Storytellers Association, accessed February 8, 2018, https://flstory.com/festival/fringe/)

Cheryl first fell in love with storytelling and dramatic reading in the 1970s when she was a school librarian. Her foray into the art of storytelling began years later in the 1990s when she attended her first Florida Storytelling Camp. After nationally acclaimed raconteur and musician J.J. Reneaux encouraged Cheryl to tell stories from her Cajun heritage, she hasn’t looked back. “Story has become a big part of my life. I realized I have always been a teller. Now, with meeting Patricia Charpentier, I am documenting stories,” says Cheryl.

One of the things Cheryl loves most about her work as a storyteller is how she bonds with her listeners through the tales.

“I enjoy the moment that I can see people in the audience connecting with the story either through laughter, tears, a nod of their heads, or body posture. Reading a book is one of my favorite pastimes, but usually, reading is a solitary event.”

Sometimes the connection evokes a long-lost memory. An audience member may hear something Cheryl tells and then take off down their own memory lane. Once, in a tea room, two friends stopped Cheryl to tell her that her storytelling had provided the opportunity for them to swap family tales, which had been triggered by a story about Cheryl’s grandmother.

“We all have stories. Some people might be more entertaining weavers of tales, but we all have stories. Tales, memoirs, fiction, non-fiction, poetry are all forms of expression; storytellers just take the words off the page and let them fly into the imagination, and the cycle of story continues.”

In addition to Cheryl’s Fringe presentation, there will be workshops throughout the weekend; ghost stories at 10:00 pm on Thursday, April 12; the Youthful Voices concert of stories, and the Late Night Slam with cash prizes for the favored tellers both on Saturday, April 14th. A scenic StoryCruise on beautiful Lake Dora Sunday, April 15th, wraps up the festival. All storytelling festival events take place on the grounds of the historic Lakeside Inn.

For more information and tickets, please visit: https://flstory.com/festival

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